Lions Clubs to revamp eye treatment centre in Ondo

The Lions Clubs International has pledged to revamp the moribund Millennium Eye Care Centre in the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure annex in Ondo State.

Mr Olumuyiwa Jegede, the immediate past Council Chairperson of the club in Nigeria, stated this on Thursday, during its delegation’s advocacy visit to the state Ministry of Health in Akure.

Jegede said that the eye treatment centre needed to be rehabilitated to make it functional to offer qfor eye care services in the state.

“The project is tagged the “Millennium Eye Care Centre” at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure annex. We observed that the place needs a complete revamp.

“The entire structure is literarily collapsing because termites have infected the place so much,” he said.

Jegede said that the organisation’s council had approved funds for the project.

“They have given approval to revamp the structure, train the staff and put new equipment there. It will also organise outreaches for the development of eye care services to Ondo state,” he stated.

Jegede commended the state government for its readiness to contribute 10 per cent of the project’s funds as a counterpart fund.

In his response, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Ajaka, said that he was elated at the club’s humanitarian gesture.

Ajaka described the proposed project as massive and wonderful and promised the support of the ministry to the club within its limited capacity for the realisation of the project.

Giving a lecture, the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state, Dr Stella Adegbehingbe, noted that a great number of people had eye challenges in the world.

Adegbehingbe said that Lions Clubs had come on board to help the eye centre for the betterment of eye health in the state.

She explained that the two major causes of blindness could be addressed through surgery and usage of eye glasses.

According to her, if the eye is affected, the implication is felt on the whole body.

The NMA chairman tasked people to take care of their eyes and help those who are financially handicapped but need eye surgery.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Folukemi Aladenola, appreciated the Lions Club International for its collaborative efforts aimed at ensuring healthcare service delivery at large.

Aladenola solicited the support of individuals, philanthropists and corporate bodies to partner with the state government in providing better lives for the people of the state.

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